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LISD Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza Discusses Changes and Improvments for 2012-13 School Year [AUDIO]

Ariel Walden,

On Wednesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News, Dr. Karen Garza, superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) talked with Chad Hasty and Rex Andrew about what the district has in store for the 2012-13 school year.

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Last year, one of the major concerns for parents was the very low assessment scores for LISD. Dr. Garza said that, due to the new assessments, she did expect test scores to be lower. She felt that since the state did not get enough information to the schools, teachers were not adequately prepared to teach the material on the test.

“This implementation of this new testing regime has been the most difficult. And I think a lot of it has to do with a lack of information for our teachers, because I do think they work very hard and want our students to do well. It’s just we need to equip them for that.”

Dr. Garza also responded to yesterday’s commentary from former city councilman Paul Beane, calling for her to step down as superintendent of LISD. She said that, while she accepts full responsibility for the operation and performance of LISD schools, the district as a whole has been making improvements and she has no intention to step down as superintendent.

“While Mr. Beane may not be happy with where we are, I will tell you that I believe we provide a wonderful product and we are serving our students, I think, very well.

Dr. Garza also talked about some of the changes being implemented for the new school year, particularly the changes made to the dress code. She also addressed the performances of LISD high schools and testing at the high school level, as well as school curriculum.

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